Why Conflict Avoidance Hurts Productivity

Blog #228 I believe that conflict avoidance is the number one killer of productivity and profitability in small and mid-sized businesses. In fact, I think one of the main reasons that people keep me around for facilitation is because I am willing to “Go there”. I can’t tell you the number of times that I have been working with a leadership team when, finally, the topic of John/Jane comes up.

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Be Unreasonable (Does That Mean Me, Too?)

Blog #227 I love saying things like, “Extraordinary often lives in the unreasonable, so be unreasonable,” “Good enough sucks,” or, to use my favorite Henry Ford quote, “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” I push the teams I work with to be unreasonable, to be great, and to believe they can. Sometimes, this comes back to haunt me. What I mean is that I also

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Embracing the Power of the Do-Over

Blog #226 Recently, Reka and I completed our annual strategic planning trip that we do as a couple. We have done this for 20 years in one form or another, yet we have really embraced it over the last three years. I can confidently say there is not anything else that we do together that is as impactful on our relationship and as powerful. In fact, we began facilitating couples

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Rethinking Time, Talent, and Treasure

Blog #225 This post is the fifth part of this series, which shares my insights and take-aways from the recent Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course I completed at Harvard Business School. In this case, the events outlined here happened after my experience at Harvard; however, the thoughts and ideas expressed in this blog occurred to me during my time there. It was then that I realized I had not done any

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Stay True to Your Brand

Blog #224 In this blog, the fourth of the series, I will continue sharing my take-aways, observations, and reflections from the Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course I recently took at Harvard Business School. Professor Bill Kerr presented a case study that involved the company CrossFit. The owner of CrossFit was going through a divorce and his spouse was selling her stake in the business for over $20 million. She legally had

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: When Buying a Business, Keep It Short and Sweet

Blog #223 This blog is the third installment of my insights and take-aways from a course called Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy I recently completed at Harvard Business School. One case study followed the process that Jim Sharp, an upper-level corporate guy, endured to buy a business, onboard himself, turn it around, and eventually sell it. Since I am a former business broker, I loved this case, as it was fun to

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Are You Looking Downfield?

Blog #222 This blog is the second installment of my insights and take-aways from a course called Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy I recently completed at Harvard Business School. Professor Lynda Applegate presented a case study in which she described some early personal challenges that had influenced her in becoming a professor. After being tenured, life threw her a wonderful curveball – she had a son. Lynda continued by expressing how she

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School

Blog #221 Recently, I took an Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course at Harvard Business School. Since then, I have had time to reflect on what I learned during my time in Boston; in the next several blogs, I will share the insights and tips I gathered from this experience. This intense course was facilitated by the senior MBA faculty of Harvard Business School. In total, there were 97 participants of a

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Tips for a Great Virtual Meeting

Blog #220 Just before sitting down to write this blog, I had just finished a strategy session with a new client in the UK. I was in Nebraska and they were in England. Even though I am not really a fan of technology at times, the virtual meeting worked, was impactful, and well, was fun. As much as I dislike technology, there are times and situations that require it to

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Are You Willing to Fail?

Blog #219 Reka and I just completed hosting our most recent couples retreat, and although it was not what we had expected, it was extraordinary. This isn’t to say everything went perfectly and according to plan; the ramp-up to the actual event was even a bit rocky. However, the end results for the couple that flew in to participate, I believe, will be life-changing. Reka and I were able to

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